pecial Projects are community outreach efforts that are initiated by BBQ guild members. These are small projects that you can complete at home (often using only a small amount of fabric) and share your sewing skills with those in need. Your generosity is truly appreciated!

*** Many kits available at the Special Projects Table at each monthly BBQ General Meeting.  Please stop and visit with Carol Bearce, Kay Waggoner and Kathy Mello at the table if you have questions ***

Many “Special Projects” for BBQ participants

Thanks go to many generous quilters who have provided donated items so far this year (8/2019 – 7/2020).  Information on how to make each item is detailed below.  Here are the number of donations made so far this year:

  • Portacath Pillow – 452
  • Cases for Smiles – 54
  • Chemo Caps – 36
  • Pretty Pockets – 24
  • Christmas Stockings for Servicemen/women care packages – 60

Portacath Pillow

Portacath Pillow

Portacath Pillow – helps cancer patients when traveling in a vehicle. 

You know how irritating it can be when the seatbelt rubs against your neck and chest?  Imagine what it is like with a surgically inserted port in the chest for the infusion of medicine for cancer patients?  This little pillow attaches to the seat belt of the car to protect that area.    It is a simple sewing task with great results.  It can be moved to the driver’s side or passenger’s side with little effort.

For the construction of the pillow, use any quality cotton, flannel, or Minky.  Often a pretty patterned cotton is used on one side and Minky on the other side that will lay against the person’s chest. Click here for complete instructions on how to make this quick project.  BBQ-Portacath-Pillow-Instructions>



Cases for Smiles

Cases for Smiles (ConKerr Cancer) is an organization developed to brighten the life of a child while at one of our local hospitals, St. Luke’s or St. Al’s. Guild members make and wash pillowcases made from kid friendly fabrics. To learn more about the organization, visit their website

Click ConKerr Cancer Pillowcase Pattern to download the pattern to make a pillowcase and bring to the next guild meeting.


Pretty Pockets

Pretty Pockets for Mastectomy Patients

Pretty Pockets were designed for mastectomy patients to hold the drain tubes so the tubes won’t pull on their incisions. They are made from flannel. To learn more about this organization, visit their website

Click Pretty Pockets Pattern to download the pattern.



Chemo Caps

Chemo Caps are made using fleece or an all-cotton knit and are delivered to Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI). All sizes of caps, from toddler to adult are available in the pattern. 

Click Chemo Caps Pattern to download the pattern.  

We invite you to Google “chemo cap sewing pattern” where you will see many free patterns and styles of scarves and hats made with cotton fabric. McCalls 6521 and Kwik Sew K3481 are patterns specifically for cancer patient needs.  Knit and crochet hats are also welcome, especially adult size. has 623 free patterns for chemo caps made of yarn.

Ends for Friends is a great way to put your fabric and batting scraps to good use! Our Pet Bedscommunity animal shelters need pads and beds for our furry friends.

They can use quilted pads that are approximately 18″x18″, with multiple layers of batting so they’re more comfortable than lying directly on the bottom of their cages. Pet beds should be at least 15″x15″ bags or larger, filled about 3/4 full with thread-ends, fabric, and batting trimmings (cut into smaller pieces). Please bring your completed “Ends for Friends” projects to the next general meeting but please do not drop off your scraps without filling a “bed” with them!

Christmas Stockings for Treasure Valley Blue Star Mothers for 2018    

After learning about the Blue Star Mothers organization from Szabina Revelle, the President of the local chapter, the guild decided we would support their efforts to send care packages to deployed servicemen and women. If you wish to learn more about this local organization, here is their web site.

Please make the stockings using the pattern at the end of this paragraph and bring to the Special Projects Table at any BBQ General Meeting.  We will add this to our ongoing monthly projects and will include in our monthly fabric drawing for those who participate. The stockings will be delivered after the October meeting for the Blue Star Mothers to fill and ship. Please find the pattern for the stockings here.